The trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s film Perfect is kind of interesting in a way since it seems creepy and thought-provoking all at once. The scifi film looks like something that might have come out of the 70’s or 80’s, but it definitely has the kind of effects you would find now. As of this moment it really looks like something that might be considered as one of the more well-renowned, thinking movies to come out lately, though it also seems to be something that might require a lot of thought as it looks at least a little bit challenging. Some people like a challenge, so maybe it will be something worthwhile.
The premise for the movie is that the lead character continues to upgrade himself in a way with the proffered implants that are designed to make him better than what he currently is. What ends up happening however is something far different than what he’d expected. It seems the type of movie that might center on the obsession that people tend to have with continually upgrading their bodies in various ways because this is what society demands and asks for. Unfortunately the fickle reasoning that is given for these many different enhancements, in real life, is something that many people either don’t account for or are beholden to as they continually try to change their appearance according to what others say is necessary. That’s an inkling of what seems to be going on in the movie.
But the changes that come to the young man as he continually enhances himself are something that seem less than perfect, as he discovers that perfection is more than just a state of mind, it’s something that is decidedly more invasive and transformative than he might have imagined. That is the inherent danger of anything that anyone could possibly take upon themselves when it comes to pleasing others, the realization that they are in fact bound by their need to appease the masses. It becomes a continual struggle to please those that have little to no bearing on what a person should do, versus what they will do. This has been seen in society time and time again and yet as society continues to pressure those and insist that no one is good just as they are, even if the sentiment goes so far as to say that people are in fact just fine the way they are, people tend to believe the hype and continually try to keep up and maintain the facade that society wants.
But what happens upon reaching perfection? Is it even possible for a human? As individual beings most humans are a mess inside and overall perfection is simply not attainable through conventional means. Finding it through other means that are designed to strip a person’s identity away bit by bit has a great deal to do with the call of society and what it demands of those that wish to mingle with the upper echelon. It seems as though perfection in this movie is least desirable state.